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2011 BMW ActiveE

BMW Gets Electrified, But Am I? For over a year, I've been looking for a way to get into an electric vehicle, but my options have been decidedly limited. I'm either lacking the funds (Tesla Roadster) or the alternatives have lacked character (Mitsubishi i, Focus Electric). But now there's this: The 2011 BMW ActiveE. It's the next step for BMW in electrification – a bridge between the Mini E and the forthcoming i3 – that takes a standard 1 Series Coupe and adds a brace of batteries and electric motor to create a rear-wheel-drive sports coupe with a 100-mile range. Even... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
125 kW electric motor
Power:
168 HP / 184 LB-FT
Transmission:
Single-Speed
MSRP:
$2,250 down/$499 month
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    Coulomb Technologies to electrify Boston with install of 150 charging stations
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    Despite the fact that BMW selected AeroVironment (AV) as its "preferred provider" of electric vehicle charging equipment, accessories and installation services for its Active E, the German automaker has teamed with Coulomb Technologies, not AV, to jointly announce that "drivers of the forthcoming BMW Active E all-electric vehicle will be able to take ...

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    BMW gets ready to lease electric vehicles with ING purchase
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    Financial institution ING has agreed to sell its automotive leasing service, ING Car Lease, to BMW for an estimated €700 million ($994 million U.S. at the current exchange rate) as part of the Dutch firm's efforts to focus its portfolio on core activities and to repay its remaining €3 billion ($4.26 billion U.S.) debt. The deal, expected to ...

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    Video: BMW kicks off production of the Active E
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    BMW's latest video details the start of production of the battery-powered Active E – the zero-emissions vehicle that, just a few short years ago, seemed no more than a dream to Mirco Schwarze, team leader at BMW's facility in Leipzig, Germany. Going from dream to reality in three years, the Active E is BMW's answer to the question, "what's ...

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    BMW 1 Series Active E, Mini E to be on duty at the 2012 Olympics
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    As an automotive partner of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, BMW will supply a staggering 4,000 vehicles for use during the games. Though most of the fleet will consist of sedan versions of BMW's EfficientDynamics-badged 320d and 520d, 200 vehicles will be the pure-electric type. Rumor had it that BMW would use the 2012 Olympics as an opportunity to ...

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    BMW selects AeroVironment for ActiveE home charging systems
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    On Wednesday, AeroVironment announced that BMW has selected it as the "preferred provider" of electric vehicle charging equipment, accessories and installation services for the German automaker's ActiveE. This agreement is nearly identical to deal between Nissan and AeroVironment. The ActiveE prototpye electric is the second phase – the first ...

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    BMW North America CEO issues apology for anti-electric vehicle remarks
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    Last week, BMW North America chairman and chief executive officer, Jim O'Donnell, told the Detroit News that – among other anti-electric vehicle comments: Ouch. That sounds like it will require an apology letter. And so it did. O'Donnell said that his words were not carefully chosen and that, "I want to stress I am 100% behind our company's plans ...

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    BMW North America CEO: Electric vehicles "won't work for most people"
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    Starting this fall, German automaker BMW will lease approximately 700 of its 1 Series-based ActiveE electric coupes for $499 a month. The lease is for 24 months, with $2,250 due at signing, and will be available in six markets in the U.S.: the New York metropolitan area, Boston, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego and Los Angeles. Reservations for the ...

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    Think you're ready for an EV? The BMW EVolve app has the answer [w/video]
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    I want an EV. Call me an early adopting sucker, but I've been actively considering an electric vehicle after spending a week with the Tesla Roadster Sport. But the Tesla is way beyond my meager means and the Nissan Leaf is just too pedestrian for my gearhead tastes. So what's left? Not much. The Focus Electric makes a strong case for itself, but it's ...

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    BMW ActiveE leasing priced at $499 a month, $2,250 down payment
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    BMW has released official pricing for its latest foray into the world of electric vehicles, and compared to the rest of your EV options, the Active E is a screaming deal. Lease pricing for the 1 Series-based Active E is set at $499 a month for 24 months, with a downpayment of $2,250 due at signing. BMW isn't citing exact output figures yet (we're ...

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    BMW ActiveE
    BMW ActiveE leasing priced at $499 a month, $2,250 down payment
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    BMW has released official pricing for its latest foray into the world of electric vehicles, and compared to the rest of your EV options, the Active E is a screaming deal. Lease pricing for the 1 Series-based Active E is set at $499 a month for 24 months, with a downpayment of $2,250 due at signing. BMW isn't citing exact output figures yet (we're ...

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    Geneva 2011: BMW ActiveE looking to become the Ultimate Electric Driving Machine
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    BMW showed us the ActiveE Concept back at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. Now the automaker is using the Geneva Motor Show floor to roll out the latest version of the electrified 1-Series. The BMW ActiveE, following in the footsteps of the Mini E before it, will begin rolling out to select markets in the fall of 2011. Mini utilized a fleet of 600 electric ...

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    Geneva 2011: BMW ActiveE looking to become the Ultimate Electric Driving Machine
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    BMW showed us the ActiveE Concept back at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. Now the automaker is using the Geneva Motor Show floor to roll out the latest version of its electrified 1-Series. The BMW ActiveE, following in the footsteps of the Mini E before it, will begin rolling out to select markets in the Fall of 2011. Mini utilized a fleet of 600 electric ...

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    BMW to unveil ActiveE at Geneva Motor Show [w/video] *UPDATE
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    BMW has chosen to officially premiere its ActiveE at the upcoming 2011 Geneva Motor Show. As you can see, this successor to the Mini E in the automaker's electrification program doesn't stray too far from the concept version that's been showing up at various events over the past year. In fact, it appears as if only the lower fascia has been ...

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    Mini E to be phased out in a year, Coupe goes on sale this fall
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    When asked about the arrival of the production Coupe and Roadster at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, Mini Communication Manager Nathalie Bauters told us that the Mini Coupe "will go on sale in the fall, probably as a 2012 model year. The Roadster will come six months later as a 2012 or 2013 model." What won't ever make the retail playground is the Mini E. ...

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    BMW prepares for ActiveE trials with forum, new app; some Mini E leases extended
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    Since its launch in 2008, participants in the Mini E program, a lease program for the 612 all-electric Mini Es, had no official electronic communication system with BMW regarding their electric vehicles. This is why lessees often resorted to posting their questions and frustrations on MINI E's Facebook page. BMW addressed some of the issues raised through ...

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    BMW mulls addition of pedestrian warning system for electric vehicles
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    In mid-December, the U.S. Senate and House voted to approve a measure that would require hybrids and plug-in vehicles to emit a sound when traveling at low speeds to warn nearby pedestrians. The bill, called the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010, requires that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sets a standard for an alert sound ...

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    Here are all the details we could get about BMW's ActiveE program
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    Earlier today, BMW announced where in the U.S. it would test the ActiveE electric car. But, while we got the names of the places, we didn't get a lot more information about the program itself. So, we asked Rich Steinberg, manager of electric vehicle operations and strategy for BMW of North America (pictured), for some answers. He was able to give us a ...

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    BMW announces trial markets for ActiveE electric car effort
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    The evolution of BMW's electric vehicle program, Project i, goes sort of like this: from Mini E concept to leasing that car to happy customers to the ActiveE concept to field tests of the larger sedan next year and then on to the Megacity EV, which is scheduled for 2013. Those last two steps have yet to happen, but today we learn a bit more about how and ...

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    BMW announces trial markets for ActiveE electric car effort
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    The evolution of BMW's electric vehicle program, Project i, goes sort of like this: from Mini E concept to leasing that car to happy customers to the ActiveE concept to field tests of the larger sedan next year and then on to the Megacity EV, which is scheduled for 2013. Those last two steps have not yet happened, but today we learn a bit more about how ...

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    At Witz' End - BMW's "One Day University" details lessons learned in the Mini E program
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    The Mini E Field Trial Last time, I reported on a BMW "One Day University" put on for selected media at the company's Woodcliff Lake, NJ, U.S. Engineering Center. Among the things I learned that day was how BMW has been executing an "EfficientDynamics" engineering philosophy to continuously improve the performance of its products while also boosting their ...

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